Category: Events

Yesterday Jordan HusneyJared Hofhiens, Liz Presson and I hosted the first-ever online XBee Knowledge Forum. We talked about XBee radio history, features, projects and plans. Kicking yourself that you missed it? You can still watch the magic right now on video.

We just announced the winners for the 2012 Core77 Design Awards DIY category. The jury, which included Becky Stern of Adafruit, Hackett of Madagascar Institute, Yuri Glitman of Banana Design and myself spent 20 minutes chatting about the projects. You can watch the video and view the winners online. They include:

  • Winner: Brian Chan’s Laser-cut Folding Ukulele, a musical instrument you can make and play yourself
  • Runner Up: Samuel Bernier’s Project RE_, a 3D-printed catalog of upcycling inventions
  • Runner Up: Pensa’s D.I.Wire, a computer-controlled wire bending machine
  • Notable: Vikram Dinubhai Panchal’s Personal Light Source “TORCH”, an ingenious folding flashlight
  • Notable: Sarah Pease’s audioJar, and upcycled set of DIY speakers
  • Notable: Nigel Roddy’s Arion Automated Ironing System for the ironing-challenged
  • Notable: Jeonghye Hong & Eunsun Lee’s Umbrella Cage for pet birds, made from a discarded umbrella
  • Notable: Kian-Peng Ong’s Coronado, an activated ocean drum that recreates the sound of the surf
  • Notable: Matt Tomasulo and City Fabrics Walk Raleigh, a system of unsanctioned signs that promote pedestrianism

Jordan Husney and I created an electrically-operated scale model garage to demonstrate the XBee-iDigi Garage Door Opener for one of the projects we’ll be featuring at the Digi booth for Bay Area Maker Faire 2012 this weekend. It’s an example of building the “12,000-Mile Universal remote” project from Make Vol. 30. With this project you can push any button in your house from anywhere the world using your mobile phone. The project uses a Digi XBee module in an open-source hardware design with the XBee Internet Gateway (XIG) and the iDigi Device Cloud to work its home-improvement magic.

Thanks to Scott Kilau (Android controller), Margaret McKenna (web application), Joel Young (underwriting) and Joetta Gobell (car artist) for their invaluable contributions to this project. See you at Maker Faire!

Say hello to Troy and Abed! They’re Digi International’s brand-new XBee-enabled SumoBots and they’re ready to begin training for their debut at Bay Area Maker Faire 2012. They’ll be battling it out in the Digi booth May 19th and 20th, so prepare yourself for a wireless robotic sumo showdown! Here’s a first look:

Thanks to Andy Lindsay at Parallax for designs and code!

I’ll be at Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, California on May 19th and 20th with Digi International. We’ll be showing off a neat XBee and iDigi project, one that’s featured in the next issue of MAKE Magazine. More about that project soon…

Meantime, here’s a video about Maker Faire: